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Success! Pov from Cambodia raised $216 to fund pterygium eye surgery.

Pov
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  • $216 raised, $0 to go
$216
raised
$0
to go
Fully funded
Pov's treatment was fully funded on July 12, 2021.

Photo of Pov post-operation

April 12, 2021

Pov underwent pterygium eye surgery.

Pov has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent any infection. Pov’s vision has improved greatly! She’s hopeful to return to work and go about her days with better vision and feeling well again.

Pov shared, “I feel very happy now. I can go to plant watermelon again, do my housework, and go anywhere without this worrying about my eye any longer.”

Pov has returned home after a successful operation. She was given eye drops and an ointment to reduce pain and prevent any infection. Pov's ...

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April 6, 2021

Pov is a 45-year-old watermelon farmer who lives with her son who is a server in a restaurant. Pov enjoys watching Chinese dramas on TV and listening to the radio.

Three years ago, Pov developed a pterygium in her left eye, causing her irritation, itching, and discomfort with her appearance. Pterygiums are non-cancerous growths of the conjunctiva, a mucus layer that lubricates the eye. The growths occur when the conjunctiva is exposed to excessive sun damage and the cells grow abnormally over the pupil.

When Pov learned about our medical partner, Children’s Surgical Centre, she traveled there with her son seeking treatment. Pov needs a surgical procedure to remove the abnormal conjunctiva from the cornea surface and replace it with a conjunctival graft to prevent recurrence. The total cost of her procedure is $216. This covers medications, supplies, and inpatient care for two days. The procedure is scheduled for April 6.

Pov shared, “I hope after surgery my eye will feel comfortable and without irritation or tearing. I want to start planting watermelon again when I am better.”

Pov is a 45-year-old watermelon farmer who lives with her son who is a server in a restaurant. Pov enjoys watching Chinese dramas on TV and ...

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Pov's Timeline

  • April 6, 2021
    PROFILE SUBMITTED

    Pov was submitted by Sieng Heng at Children's Surgical Centre.

  • April 6, 2021
    TREATMENT OCCURRED

    Pov received treatment at Kien Khleang National Rehabilitation Centre in Cambodia. Medical partners often provide care to patients accepted by Watsi before those patients are fully funded, operating under the guarantee that the cost of care will be paid for by donors.

  • April 6, 2021
    PROFILE PUBLISHED

    Pov's profile was published to start raising funds.

  • April 12, 2021
    TREATMENT UPDATE

    Pov's treatment was successful. Read the update.

  • July 12, 2021
    FULLY FUNDED

    Pov's treatment was fully funded.

Funded by 6 donors

Funded by 6 donors

Treatment
Pterygium
  • Cost Breakdown
  • Diagnosis
  • Procedure
On average, it costs $216 for Pov's treatment
Hospital Fees
$47
Medical Staff
$129
Medication
$0
Supplies
$40
  • Symptoms
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Cultural or regional significance

​What kinds of symptoms do patients experience before receiving treatment?

A pterygium, a non-cancerous growth of conjunctiva covering the cornea, causes tearing, redness, blurred vision, burning, itchiness, and discomfort.

​What is the impact on patients’ lives of living with these conditions?

When the growth affects the central visual axis, vision will be decreased. The abnormal growth also causes pain and discomfort. Patients usually complain of irritation, light sensitivity, foreign body sensation, and decreased vision.

What cultural or regional factors affect the treatment of these conditions?

Pterygium occurrence is much higher among people who live near the equator because of greater exposure to the sun. It is nicknamed "surfer's eye."

  • Process
  • Impact on patient's life
  • Risks and side-effects
  • Accessibility
  • Alternatives

What does the treatment process look like?

Surgeons scrape the dysplastic conjunctiva from the cornea surface, removing the affected conjunctiva. They place an autologous conjunctival graft to cover the defect and prevent recurrence.

What is the impact of this treatment on the patient’s life?

Surgery cures the symptoms caused by pterygium. Patients experience improved vision and reduced pain and discomfort.

What potential side effects or risks come with this treatment?

Surgical excision of a pterygium is curative. The procedure is very low risk.

How accessible is treatment in the area? What is the typical journey like for a patient to receive care?

Most patients live with the eye irritation and decreased vision until it starts to affect their daily life. Then, they seek care.

What are the alternatives to this treatment?

Irritation can be temporarily treated with lubricating drops.

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